August 27, 2014

Investing in Priority Early Learning Programs

Full-Day Kindergarten Planning Moving Forward

Planning for full-day Kindergarten, announced in Budget 2014: Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook, is well underway and the program is on track for implementation province-wide in September 2016. The Honourable Darin King, Minister of Education, provided a full-day Kindergarten update today (Wednesday, August 27) to participants at Play the Kindergarten Way, a two-day workshop focusing on early literacy development and play-based learning.

“We have completed Phase I of full-day Kindergarten planning, which included preparations leading up to the Budget 2014 announcement. Phase II is now well underway. It includes conducting individual site visits at schools throughout the province – particularly where we know classroom capacity issues exist – to determine both immediate and longer-term needs in terms of space and teaching resources. Our focus is on ensuring schools are able to offer full-day Kindergarten programming in 2016, even as new schools, extensions and renovations are in progress to increase capacity in areas where it is required.” - The Honourable Darin King, Minister of Education

For the latest information on infrastructure requirements at individual schools (recognizing that planning is ongoing), see the backgrounder below.

Minister King said there will be about 140 new teaching positions added to the system to facilitate implementation. While there are capacity challenges in some schools, particularly on the Northeast Avalon, there are also innovative teaching methods – already practised in many schools throughout the province where short-term capacity issues exist – to deliver required programming.

“We have met with the NLTA about a team teaching model, which assigns two fully-qualified teachers to a classroom, where necessary, to ensure pupil-teacher ratios are in accordance with class size caps. Where this practice is currently used, it is a short-term solution and the ratio of students to teachers is much lower than in a standard classroom setting. We know the team teaching model will be required in some schools, in the short-term, to implement full-day Kindergarten in 2016. In such cases the maximum student to teacher ratio would be in the 14:1 range – or two teachers for a maximum 28 students.” - Minister King

Minister King noted that short-term solutions to capacity issues also include the utilization of modular classrooms, where possible. Longer-term solutions, such as the construction of new schools, renovations and extensions will continue, where necessary, and the need for modular classrooms and the team teaching model will decrease accordingly.

“The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association supports the implementation of full-day Kindergarten which is adequately resourced and delivered by qualified teachers. We commend Minister King and his government for moving forward with this initiative. While we understand that the capacity limitations in certain areas will require innovative teaching arrangements to meet short-term needs, the NLTA will continue to work with government during the implementation monitoring process to raise and help address issues and concerns as they arise” - Jim Dinn, President, Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association

Budget 2014: Shared Prosperity, Fair Society, Balanced Outlook, allocates $35.4 million over three years to implement a universal, full-day Kindergarten program, beginning in September 2016, and to further enhance early learning opportunities. The funding represents the beginning of Phase II of the province’s early learning strategy, Learning from the Start. More information on early childhood learning initiatives is available on the Department of Education website at:


  • The Provincial Government is moving forward to the next stage of implementation of full-day Kindergarten, announced in Budget 2014 and scheduled to be available province-wide in September 2016.
  • Phase I of full-day Kindergarten planning included preparations leading up to the Budget 2014 announcement.
  • Phase II includes conducting site visits at schools throughout the province to determine specific space requirements, finalizing plans, developing and delivering professional learning focused on play-based learning in the Kindergarten setting, and ensuring teaching resources are assigned to ensure all Kindergarten students will have access to the benefits of full-day programming in 2016.
  • Budget 2014 allocates $35.4 million over three years to support early childhood learning initiatives, including the implementation of full-day Kindergarten.

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The Honourable Darin King, Minister of Education, joins Darrin Pike, Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District, and Jim Dinn, President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association, to provide an update on full-day Kindergarten planning during a play-based learning workshop in St. John’s on Wednesday, August. 27.

Media contact:
Heather May
Director of Communications
Department of Education
709-729-0048, 697-5061
Lesley Ann Browne
Communications Officer
Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA)
709-726-3223, Ext. 228

Infrastructure Plan for Full-Day Kindergarten
(As of August 27, 2014)*

Plans in Place to Offer Full-Day Kindergarten in 2016

This includes school communities where new schools/extensions are currently in progress or where some internal renovations may be required.

Schools (163)Community
Acreman Elementary Green’s Harbour
A. P. Low PrimaryLabrador City
A. R. Scammell AcademyChange Islands
All Hallows ElementaryNorth River
All Saints All-GradeGrey River
Amos Comenius Memorial SchoolHopedale
Anthony Paddon ElementaryMusgravetown
Avoca CollegiateBadger
B.L. MorrisonPostville
Baltimore School ComplexFerryland
Basque MemorialRed Bay
Bay d'Espoir AcademyMilltown
Bayside AcademyPort Hope Simpson
Beachy Cove ElementaryPortugal Cove – St. Philip’s
Belanger MemorialUpper Ferry
Bishop White SchoolPort Rexton
Bonne Bay AcademyWoody Point
Brian Peckford PrimaryTriton
Burgeo AcademyBurgeo
Cabot AcademyWestern Bay
Canon Richards Memorial AcademyFlower’s Cove
Cape St. Francis Elementary Pouch Cove
Catalina ElementaryCatalina
Centre éducatif l'ENVOLLabrador City
Centreville AcademyCentreville-Wareham
Charlottetown PrimaryCharlottetown, Bonavista Bay
Christ the King SchoolRushoon
Cloud River AcademyRoddickton
Cottrell's Cove AcademyCottrell’s Cove
Donald C. Jamieson AcademyBurin Bay Arm
Douglas AcademyLa Poile
Dunne Memorial AcademySt. Mary’s
E.A. Butler All GradeMcKay’s
École BoréaleHappy Valley - Goose Bay
École des Grands-VentsSt. John's
École Notre-Dame du CapCape St. George
École Ste-AnneMainland
Elizabeth Park Elementary SchoolParadise
Fatima AcademySt. Bride’s
Fitzgerald AcademyEnglish Harbour West
Fogo Island Central AcademyFogo Island
Fortune Bay AcademySt. Bernard’s – Jacques Fontaine
French Shore AcademyPort Saunders
Gill Memorial AcademyMusgrave Harbour
Glovertown AcademyGlovertown
Goulds ElementarySt. John’s (Goulds)
Grandy's River CollegiateBurnt Islands
Green Bay South AcademyRobert’s Arm
Greenwood AcademyCampbellton
Gros Morne AcademyRocky Harbour
H.G. Fillier AcademyEnglee
H.L. Strong AcademyLittle Bay Islands
Hampden AcademyHampden
Hazelwood ElementarySt. John’s
Henry Gordon AcademyCartwright
Heritage AcademyGreenspond
Hillside ElementaryLa Scie
Hillview AcademyNorris Arm
Holy Cross All Grade SchoolDaniel’s Harbour
Holy Cross School ComplexEastport
Holy Family ElementaryChapel Arm
Holy Family ElementaryParadise
Holy Name of Mary AcademyLawn
Holy Redeemer ElementarySpaniard’s Bay
Holy Trinity ElementaryTorbay
Humber ElementaryCorner Brook
Immaculate Conception ElementaryColliers
Indian River AcademySpringdale
J.C. Erhardt MemorialMakkovik
Jakeman All GradeTrout River
James Cook MemorialCook’s Harbour
Jens Haven MemorialNain
John Watkins AcademyHermitige
Labrador Straits AcademyL’Anse au Loup
Lake AcademyFortune
Lake Melville SchoolNorth West River
Lakeside AcademyBuchans
Lakewood AcademyGlenwood
Leading Tickles PrimaryLeading Tickles
LeGallais MemorialIsle aux Morts
Long Island AcademyBeaumont
Long Range AcademyCow Head
Lourdes ElementaryLourdes
Lumsden AcademyLumsden
Main River AcademyPollard’s Point
Mary Queen of the World Mount Pearl
Mary Simms All-GradeMain Brook
Matthew Elementary SchoolBonavista
Memorial AcademyBotwood
MSB Regional AcademyMiddle Arm
Mud Lake SchoolMud Lake
New World Island Academy Summerford
Northern Lights AcademyRigolet
Our Lady of Mercy ElementarySt. George’s
Our Lady of the Cape SchoolCape St. George
Paradise Elementary Paradise
Peacock Primary SchoolHappy Valley - Goose Bay
Pearson AcademyWesleyville
Perlwin ElementaryWinterton
Persalvic ElementaryVictoria
Phoenix AcademyCarmanville
Point Leamington AcademyPoint Leamington
Random Island AcademyHickman’s Harbour
Raymond Ward MemorialNorman Bay
Rennie's River ElementarySt. John’s
Riverwood AcademyWing’s Point
Roncalli Elementary St. John’s
Sacred Heart AcademyMarystown
Sacred Heart All GradeConche
Sacred Heart ElementaryCorner Brook
Sandstone AcademyLadle Cove
Smallwood AcademyGambo
Southwest Arm AcademyLittle Heart’s Ease
Sprucewood AcademyGrand Falls-Windsor
St. Andrew's ElementarySt. John’s
St. Anne's AcademyDunville
St. Anne's SchoolSouth East Bight
St. Augustine's ElementaryBell Island
St. Boniface All GradeRamea
St. Catherine's AcademyMount Carmel
St. Edward’s Elementary Conception Bay South (Kelligrews)
St. Francis School Harbour Grace
St. Gabriel's All GradeSt. Brendan’s
St. George's ElementaryConception Bay South (Manuels)
St. Gerard's ElementaryCorner Brook
St. James All GradeLark Harbour
St. James' ElementaryChannel-Port Aux Basques
St. John Bosco SchoolSt. John’s
St. Joseph's AcademyLamaline
St. Joseph's All GradeTerrenceville
St. Joseph's ElementaryHarbour Breton
St. Lawrence AcademySt. Lawrence
St. Lewis AcademySt. Lewis
St. Mark's SchoolKing’s Cove
St. Mary's All GradeMary’s Harbour
St. Matthews ElementarySt. John’s
St. Michael's ElementaryStephenville Crossing
St. Peter’s School Black Tickle
St. Peter's Academy Benoit’s Cove
St. Peter's AcademyWestport
St. Peter's All GradeMcCallum
St. Peter's ElementaryUpper Island Cove
St. Simon and St. Jude AcademyFrancois
St. Stephen's All GradeRencontre East
St. Teresa’s / Ecole Ste-ThérèseSt. John’s
St. Thomas AquinasPort au Port East
Stella Maris AcademyTrepassey
Swift Current AcademySwift Current
Templeton AcademyMeadows
Topsail ElementaryConception Bay South (Topsail)
Tricentia AcademyArnold’s Cove
Tricon ElementaryBay de Verde
Truman Eddison MemorialGriquet
Twillingate Island ElementaryTwillingate
Upper Gullies ElementaryCBS (Upper Gullies)
Valmont AcademyKing’s Point
Victoria AcademyGaultois
Viking Trail AcademyPlum Point
Virginia Park Elementary St. John’s
Whitbourne ElementaryWhitbourne
William Gillett AcademyCharlottetown, Labrador
William Mercer AcademyDover
Woodland ElementaryDildo

Schools That Will Need Additional Classroom Space (i.e., Modular Classrooms/Extension)

Schools (6)Community
Mary Queen of Peace ElementarySt. John’s
Pasadena Elementary SchoolPasadena
Riverside ElementaryShoal Harbour
St. Bernard’s ElementaryWitless Bay
St. Francis of Assisi ElementaryLogy Bay/Middle Cove/Outer Cove
St. Peter’s ElementaryMount Pearl

Implementation Plans Ongoing/To Be Finalized

Schools (21)Community
Bishop AbrahamSt. John’s
Bishop Feild ElementarySt. John’s
C.C. Loughlin Elementary Corner Brook
Carbonear AcademyCarbonear
Coley’s Point PrimaryColey’s Point
Copper Ridge AcademyBaie Verte
Cowan Heights ElementarySt. John’s
Elwood Elementary Deer Lake
Gander AcademyGander
Helen Tulk ElementaryBishop’s Falls
Holy Cross Elementary Holyrood
J.J. CurlingCorner Brook
Larkhall AcademySt. John’s
Lewisporte AcademyLewisporte
McDonald Drive ElementarySt. John’s
Morris Academy Mount Pearl
St. Mary’s ElementarySt. John’s
Stephenville Primary Stephenville
Vanier Elementary St. John’s
White Hills AcademySt. Anthony
Woodland PrimaryGrand-Falls-Windsor

* Information provided is subject to change. Requirements may be adjusted based on site visits/discussions with administrators/changing demographics at individual schools over the next two years.

2014 08 27                                                                                      10:15 a.m.